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Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition

Get ready for the third annual Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition!

Young writers are invited to enter their short story into the Maribyrnong Young
Writers Competition. This is the third year the writing competition is being held as
a partnership between the Rotary Club of Yarraville and the Maribyrnong Library
Service. All entrants must be residents or students in Maribyrnong, or be a member
of the Maribyrnong Library Service. All entrants must be in Prep to Year 6 in 2016,
may be required to provide proof of age, and must submit only one entry.

Entries Open 12 September - 7 October 2016

The competition has 3 entry categories:

Category 1 - Prep to Grade 1 (Maximum 500 words)
Category 2 - Grades 2-3 (Maximum 500 words)
Category 3 - Grades 4-6 (Maximum 750 words)


–– Prep to Grade 1 - $60 cash and a book voucher
–– Grades 2 to 3 - $80 cash and a book voucher
–– Grades 4 to 6 - $100 cash and a book voucher
–– Highly commended - in addition to category winners, some entries may be
selected for additional book voucher prizes

See below for details about upcoming writing workshops and to download the entry form.

Writing Workshops with Guest Authors

Fun workshops for young writers. Bookings open 29 August.

Michael Panckridge – For writers in Grade 4-6
Saturday 17 September | 2.30-4.30pm
Yarraville Library

Claire Saxby – For writers in Grade 2-3
Monday 19 September | 10.30am-12.30pm
Footscray Library

Meredith Costain – For writers in Prep – Grade 1
Wednesday 28 September | 2.30-4.30pm
Braybrook Library

Free bookings available at For further information please contact 9688 0290.

AMES Conversational English at Braybrook Library

AMES Conversational English

Come along to Braybrook Library and join our AMES English Conversation sessions for adult beginners. Practice your pronunciation and improve your conversation skills. Expand your vocabulary and and improve your listening skills in a friendly and social environment.
Groups are lead by volunteer tutors.

Register your interest by adding your name and contact details to list at the Braybrook Library front desk.

For further information contact AMES Australia Footscray on 13 26 37 or

Maribyrnong Library Service - Knitting Groups


Come along to your local Maribyrnong Library branch and join the knitting group! Share your favourite pattern and refine your needlework skills with other like-minded knitting lovers. Contact the library on 9688 0290 for more information.

Knitting groups are held weekly at the following library branches:

Braybrook Library
Thursdays | 10am

Footscray Library
Wednesdays | 2pm

Maribyrnong Library
Saturdays | 11am

Yarraville Library
Tuesdays | 6pm

Rediscovering our Local Anzacs

Poppies for Remembrance Day

The Footscray Historical Society’s new website lets you explore the Footscray Town Hall WWI Honour Board names. See handwritten application forms, now digitised, and a Certificate of Appreciation issued during the Great War by Footscray Council to residents who had served.
The new site will be launched on 1 April 2016. You can explore it by following this link.

AMES Online English Courses

Learn English with AMES online courses, accessible for free from home or the library 24 hours a day. There are three exciting modules to choose from.

Learn English from beginner to intermediate level - for work, life and study in Australia and global environments.

Improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills - gain the confidence to use English in everyday situations, for work and study. Learn about Australian society and culture.

Learn jobseeking skills to find work in Australia. Practise writing a résumé and cover letter. Prepare for the interview and making cold calls to employers.

Issues in English AMES Learn English Online

Your favourite magazines are now digital!

Zinio digital magazines

Zinio allows you to read your favourite magazines on your home computer, iPad, Smartphone, and other devices.
Choose from a great range of titles on Food, Gardening, Wellbeing, Sport, Travel, Fashion and Home Design.

These magazine are free from your library - and all you need is your library card!

Try it today

Housebound Library Service Volunteer Information Session


The library is interested in expanding the Housebound Library Service through the use of volunteers. The Housebound Library Service is available to eligible residents who are unable to attend the library due to illness, disability or frailty and do not have someone who can do this for them.
Home library visits are scheduled on a regular basis, usually once a month.
The library is now seeking volunteers who have a positive approach, desire and an interest in working with aged, frail and disabled residents. Suitable volunteers will be available on weekdays and willing to make a commitment for a minimum of 12 months.
Interested applicants are required to attend an initial information session. A session will be held in the last quarter of 2016, and session times will be posted here when announced.

IELTS - Learning English

Practice for IELTS exams

General and Academic Modules

Practice IELTS listening tasks under timed conditions
View sample videos of speaking tests, highlighting good and less good practice
Develop vocabulary and techniques for writing tasks 1 and 2
Work on authentic texts for the reading test as in the real exam
Develop vocabulary in topic areas commonly used in the IELTS exam.

Connect to free IELTS learning now .

Event Bookings

Maribyrnong Library Service hosts a wide variety of events. If you wish to book for any of our upcoming events, scan through the calender below to find the event you're interested in and click the register button to make your booking. To view a list of all upcoming Maribyrnong Library Service events that require bookings, visit our Eventbrite page.

More Upcoming Events

Come along to events at the library. Go to our Events and News page for more information.

For more information contact:
The Library
9688 0290
or complete the Contact the Library Form

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